Kei Kamara Makes History in MLS and Leaves Landon Donovan Behind

Meet the Legend Who Threatens Wondolowski's Throne
San Jose Earthquakes v Los Angeles Football Club
San Jose Earthquakes v Los Angeles Football Club / Shaun Clark/GettyImages

Kei Kamara has etched his name firmly in Major League Soccer (MLS) history. With a historic goal, he surpassed Landon Donovan to become the league's second all-time leading scorer with 146 goals.

Saturday night was special for Kamara. In a 6-2 rout against the San Jose Earthquakes while playing for Los Angeles FC, Kamara found the net in emblematic fashion with a powerful header, just as he did in the goal that tied the record three days earlier.

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"I hope this makes a lot of people happy. I know my friends and family are ecstatic because they've been counting my goals all these years and sending me messages. I see how happy they are," said Kamara, emotional after the match.

And it's no small feat. Surpassing Landon Donovan, widely considered the greatest American soccer player of all time, is no easy task. Donovan isn't just a name; he's an institution in U.S. soccer. Having his name alongside Donovan's is a well-deserved recognition for Kamara, who has always shown respect for his predecessor's legacy. "Landon is the greatest American soccer player of all time. It's an honor to be mentioned alongside him," he added.

But the story doesn't end there. At 39 years old, Kamara shows he still has plenty of soccer left in him. He is just 25 goals behind Chris Wondolowski, MLS's all-time leading scorer. Despite his modesty and respect for his friend, Kamara knows the record is within reach. "I don't want to pass Wondo!" he laughed.

Having played for 11 different teams in the MLS, every goal, every game seems to reinforce his status as a living legend of the league. His physical shape and ability to find the back of the net in crucial moments are a testament to his longevity. Kamara proves that experience and wisdom also have their place.

With confidence high and playing for a strong team like LAFC, it's not an exaggeration to say that Kamara can indeed catch Wondolowski. And while he prefers not to talk about it, the possibility is real.